18 days to go until St. Patrick’s Day 2012 and the preparations for Dubai’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day event are well underway. Like every year since the opening of the
Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, the Irish flag will be flying from the hotel’s 11th floor throughout St. Patrick’s week. It’s expected to be in place around 12th March, wheather permitting.
The St. Patrick’s Day weekend kicks off in McGettigan’s Irish Pub on Thursday, 15th March with a Trad Band playing in the Pub from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a huge BBQ in the Pub’s beergarden.
On Friday, 16th March, McGettigan’s regular Mike Ross will be playing in the Pub from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – the perfect end to the Pub’s Friday brunch! From 7 p.m., Picturehouse will be rocking the beergarden until 10 p.m. when DJ John Hayes takes over.
Friday also sees the official opening of the Bonnington’s St. Patrick’s Day tent, which will be located in the car park just outside the Bonnington’s entrance. Friday will be family day and the tent will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the Trad Band playing from noon until 4 p.m. There will be plenty of kids activities on offer, including a bouncy castle and face painters, plus a Guinness bar for the adults. To ensure that nobody goes hungry, a BBQ will be in place.
Saturday will see madness in all areas: McGettigan’s will open at 11 a.m. as will the St. Patrick’s Day tent. The Trad Band and Mike Ross will play both venues during the day and there will be live performances of Irish dancing. BBQs will be in operation in the beergarden and the tent and the evening will see McGettigan’s favourite, Paddy Casey entertain the crowds in the St. Patrick’s Day tent, while in the beergarden the 6 Nations action takes center stage, with the England vs. Ireland game being shown on the big screen.
Also, on Saturday the Cavendish restaurant in the Bonnington will offer a special Irish lunch buffet.
Entrance to all events is free and there will be ample free parking just next to the Bonnington & McGettigan’s in Cluster I in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.